Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism over the F-35 fighter jet program. It caused Lockheed Martin stock to fall 2.5 percent. It also raised some eyebrows in the Northeast. The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to begin receiving the fighter jet in 2019. Supporters of the F-35 say they aren’t worried those plans will change because the tweet raises two very different issues.
Congressman Peter Welch was joined by a group of Vermont environmentalists Tuesday to highlight what they see as a need for revisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a national policy that requires corn ethanol be mixed into fuels.
Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk. The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.
Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site AshleyMadison.com after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.
It’s a year of change in Vermont politics, with the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all stepping aside. And a mainstay in the legislature is leaving, too. Bill Doyle began serving in the Vermont Senate in 1969 and is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history. But the 90-year-old Republican lost his re-election bid this year. On November 30th, he withdrew his request for a recount and conceded the race. Doyle says activity in the statehouse become more political over the years.
The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader. During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group. Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.
New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.
It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C. There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington. There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive. In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.
Police in Vermont say two men suspected of taking property from a sheriff's department led authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 89 and other roads and crashed into several cruisers before being stopped by a blockade of state plow trucks.
New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday. The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times. Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.
The teachers' union affiliate in Rutland, Vermont, has filed a complaint with the state labor board, saying school administrators are ignoring concerns about student-on-staff violence. But the superintendent of schools is disputing the teachers' union complaint.
Arguments were heard this week in state Supreme Court on whether cutting trees to create new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. It could set precedent.
South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.
The head of a Vermont environmental group has complied with a mining company's demand that the group remove from its website the names of the company's owners. But a legal expert is questioning that decision.
Extended conversation with Dan Plumley on his visit to Standing Rock
On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline controversy has brought thousands of protesters to an encampment at Standing Rock. One Adirondack resident was at the encampment when the permit denial was announced.
The Obama administration has screened and admitted more than 12,000 Syrian refugees, and thousands more are due to arrive in the coming year. In what has been a controversial plan, the city of Rutland, Vermont is preparing to receive 100 refugees beginning early next year. The group that coordinates resettlement of the refugees in Vermont is opening an office in the city and is seeking staff ahead of the refugees’ expected arrival.